Southern food and fun found under the stars at the 2011 Music to Your Mouth festival

This year’s Music to Your Mouth event at Palmetto Bluffs featured celebrity chefs, an oyster roast and lots of great music. Mark your calendars for the 2012. Photo: Courtesy of Bonjwing Lee

EASTON, Md., December 7, 2011 — The 2011 Music to Your Mouth Festival took place November 16-20, 2011 at Palmetto Bluff, a 20,000 acre property in the low country of South Carolina. This 3 day festival, sponsored by Coastal Living magazine, is meant to highlight Southern cooking along with its cultural influences from Africa and Spain.

Friday morning’s festivities kicked off with a Food of Place Cooking Class led by celebrated southern chef, Jeremiah Langhorne (Chef de Cuisine at McCrady’s) who spoke about ‘food of place,’ and taught attendees how to master the kitchen and some iconic southern dishes. During the class Langhorne expertly demonstrated how to shave a ribbon from a 2-year house-aged ham. 

Friday evening featured a screening of two short films from Potlikker film series. The screening was hosted by the Southern Food Alliance’s Director John T. Edge who also writes a column entitled “United Tastes” for the NY Times. The screening concluded with a Q&A with the film subjects and Edge. Afterwards everyone enjoyed an evening with the Potlikker Block Party and delicious barbecue.

Top Chef alum Kevin Gillespie making grits. (Photo Courtesy of Bonjwing Lee)

Saturday’s Culinary Festival (the main event!) featured demos from the South’s most talented chefs, including Mike Lata (FIG Restaurant) and Sean Brock (Husk and McCrady’s), both from Charleston. Top Chef judge, Gail Simmons emceed the event and Top Chef alum Kevin Gillespie was on hand to show the audience how to mix up grits, the proper Southern way! 

This year’s Chef Showdown, took place on Saturday, November 17th featured Chefs Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club and Mike Lata of FIG Restaurant who paired dishes with wines from Chateau Beaucastel. These two chefs tied and were left to determine the winner over a shotgun of Pabst Blue Ribbon! Lata chugged faster than Hastings.

Shotgun battle for the winner. (Photo Courtesy of Bonjwing Lee)

Saturday night’s festivities included an oyster roast on the banks of the May River with more sweet and salty oysters than you could possibly eat!  For those with a sweet tooth Palmetto Bluff treated guests nightly to fire pits specially equipped as a place to roast marshmallows for s’mores.

Sunday’s Rise and Shine Breakfast was the perfect way to top off a weekend of culinary adventures and indulgences Southern style. 

Oysters were aplenty at the Music to Your Mouth festival. (Photo Courtesy of Bonjwing Lee)

Next year’s Music to Your Mouth event is to take place just prior to Thanksgiving and is sure to deliver another amazing experience so mark your calendars!

About Laurie:

Laurie Forster, The Wine Coach®, is a wine educator, author of the award-winning book The Sipping Point and host of a weekly radio show by the same name on WBAL 1090AM. Her specialty is delivering wine edu-tainment for corporate events, group tastings and team-building seminars. She is also a sought after guest expert on radio shows across the country, including Martha Stewart Radio. You can reach her on twitter @thewinecoach or on Facebook at

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Laurie Forster, The Wine Coach® is a wine educator, dynamic speaker and author of the award-winning book The Sipping Point: A Crash Course in Wine. Laurie was not born with a silver corkscrew in her mouth. In fact, growing up Laurie thought wine was pink and came in a box. After several stressful business dinners trying to order off wine lists the size of a phone book, she began educating herself on wine. In 2001 she left the business world to professionally study wine and save others from these awkward moments. Laurie began her wine career in Manhattan where she studied with the American Sommelier Association to earn her certificate in Viticulture and Vinification. She has since earned an Advanced Certificate with the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET), completed her first step towards certification with the Court of Master Sommeliers and has trained at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley. Laurie’s specialty is creating unique corporate keynotes, team building events and group tasting seminars where she can deliver on her mission to demystify wine one glass at a time. She is also a regular contributor to several magazines; a sought after guest expert on TV and radio stations across the country, including Martha Stewart Radio. For more visit:

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